orange & turquoise

step 1: soak clothes to be dyed in hot water.
step 2: prep the dyebath. in 2 cups hot water, dissolve dye, then add a couple gallons of hot water, a few tablespoons of salt, and 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent. simmer. sit and stir for 30 minutes. i recommend talking on the phone to a friend to pass the time, and maybe set the kids up with a movie or project.
step 3: when the 30 minutes are up, rinse clothes until water runs nearly clear. wash in the machine to get out the rest of the dye. dry as usual. scrub the sink and pot quickly so the dye doesn’t set in too much.
step 4: stand back and admire!
and here’s a batch of orange. the color i had originally tried turned out to be really light, almost yellow. so i added more tan and a darker burnt orange.

so here’s the whole set: black, turquoise, orange, and brown! so fun! i also dyed some old cloth diapers/ burp cloths, receiving blankets, and jammies. they turned out pretty good, too, but not as good as these shirts.
lily saw me with an apron on and wanted one, too!
this is what the girls were up to while i was “dyeing”. and, no, the picture did not post backwards. thats just the way gracie happened to write lily’s name! lily is not making a funny face – i just told her to smile and this is what she did – so cute, even like this!



  1. 1
    Kristen Borland says:

    wow! those are so super cute!!!

  2. 2
    Jacquelyn says:

    I tried a similar procedure with Eliannah, however carpenter pants still look like boy clothes when covered with ribbons and iron on flower patches. Glad yours turned out!

  3. 3

    Those turned out wonderfully. :-)

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